beach driving restrictions begin May 1
Park Service’s night beach driving restrictions for off-road vehicle
use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore ocean beaches go into effect
Thursday, May 1, at 9 p.m.
From May 1 - Sept. 14, ORV routes
on ocean beaches are closed to ORVs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the
sea turtle nesting season. Beginning Sept.15 until Nov.15,
routes will reopen when there are no sea turtle nests remaining on that
route or portion of the route.
In addition, from May 1 to Nov. 15, beach fires are limited to the
following ocean beaches in front of:
- Coquina Beach parking lot
- The villages of Rodanthe, Waves,
Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras
- Ocracoke Day Use area
general, fires are allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and a fire permit is
required. To obtain the free beach fire permit, visit one of
three ORV permit offices, any of the park campgrounds or visitor
centers, or they are available on-line at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/beach-fire-permit.
beach fire permit is valid only when a responsible adult (18 years of
age or older) is present. Fires, no greater than 3 feet in
diameter, may be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune,
below the high tide line and at least 50 feet from any
vegetation. Fires cannot be left unattended and must be
completely extinguished (cold to touch) upon termination of
Clean area of all trash before leaving the beach and remember the “pack
in/pack out” practice of leaving national seashore beaches in a clean
and safe condition for the next visitor.
As the turtle nesting
season proceeds, park visitors will encounter localized sea turtle nest
protection areas. These areas are posted on-site and closed
ORVs, pedestrians, and pets.
Fireworks and metal detectors are prohibited. Pets must be on
leashed at all times.
For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 or check http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm